Rohr, Bonfrere Among 21 Past Super Eagles’ Foreign Coaches As NFF Search for Peseiro’s Replacement

Rohr, Bonfrere Among 21 Past Super Eagles’ Foreign Coaches As NFF Search for Peseiro’s Replacement

Babajide Orevba
April 20, 2024 at 7:43 AM
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  • Jose Peseiro was in charge of the Super Eagles between 2022 and 2024
  • The Portuguese tactician has left following the expiration of his deal in February
  • Amid the search for a replacement, we look at the past foreign managers recruited by Nigeria

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The search is on for a new Super Eagles coach following the expiration of Jose Peseiro's contract at the end of February.

Nigerian officials are divided over a possible replacement as a local coach is heavily considered, while a foreign manager is being favoured in some quarters.

Dutch tactician Westerhof is credited with turning Nigeria into a perennial powerhouse in African football, leading the team to the 1994 AFCON title and guiding them to their first-ever FIFA World Cup in 1994.

Jose Peseiro, Clemens Westerhof, Bonfrere Jo, Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, Nigeria
The Nigeria Football Federation has continued the search for Jose Peseiro's replacement. Photo Credit: Visionhaus.
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Four years earlier, it was Brazilian coach Otto Gloria who guided Nigeria to their first AFCON title, which they won in Lagos after hosting the tournament.

In 2013, the Super Eagles won the title for a third time; however, local coach Stephen Keshi was in charge at the time, Punch reports.

Nigeria has recruited local and foreign coaches to take charge of the national team, and the NFF is expected to name a new manager to replace Peseiro.

Below are the 21 past foreign coaches of the Super Eagles

  1. Jose Peseiro (Portugal) 2022-2024
  2. Gernot Rohr 2016-2021
  3. Lars Lagerback (2010)
  4. Berti Vogts (Germany) 2007-2008
  5. Thijs Libregts (Holland) 1998-1999
  6. Bora Milutinovic (Serbia) 1998
  7. Philippe Troussier (France) 1997
  8. Johannes Bonfrere (Holland) 1995-1996
  9. Clemens Westerhof (Holland) 1989-1994
  10. Manfred Hoener (Germany) 1988-1989
  11. Gottlieb Goller (Germany) 1981
  12. Otto Gloria (Brazil) 1978-1982
  13. Jelisavic ‘Tiki’ Tihomir (Yugoslavia) 1974-1978
  14. Othman Calder (Germany) 1974
  15. Karl-Heinz Marotzke (Germany) 1973-1974
  16. Joseph Ember (Hungary) 1965-1968
  17. Jorge Penna (Brazil) 1963, 1972-1973
  18. George Vardar (Hungary) 1961-1963
  19. Moshe Jerry Beit haLevi (Israel) 1960 -61
  20. Les Courtier (England) 1956-1960
  21. John Finch (England) 1949

NFF divided over Finidi, Amuneke

Sports Brief earlier reported that the qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup return in June, and the vacant coaching position is being deliberated upon by NFF officials.

Former NFF boss Amaju Pinnick favoured Finidi George for the plum job, while other stakeholders supported Emmanuel Amuneke.

Further reports claim a growing swell for the NFF to contract a foreign coach who could be appointed as the technical adviser.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.